From Trastevere to San Pietro

Trastevere, San Pietro, Castel Sant'Angelo.

Trastevere is one of the most unique neighborhoods in Rome. Romans have always considered this as the neighborhood for the artisans and the artists. To date, it has maintained its genuine popular flavor despite the high influx of tourists at all time of the day or night.

From here I want to take you to San Pietro (Saint Peter), which is easily reachable (20 min walking distance) by following the big shiny snake that cuts through the City: the Tiber river. Indeed, you just need to follow the river to arrive to the large dome of Saint Peter. This is a nice walk that you can do on the road next to the river, under the street and away from the chaos and smog of the cars. We will meet joggers and runners training for marathons and many bicycles.

Saint Peter raises on the Vatican Hill, where the apostle Peter was buried. The Basilica was built during the 1500 and many architects contributed to this masterpiece; among the most relevant Carlo Maderno, Gianluigi Bernini, and of course Michelangelo. We can also admire one of Michelangelo’s most beautiful sculptures inside: La Pietà, a masterpiece he completed during his youth. 
The large Baldachin, designed by Bernini, was created using the golden stamps that covered the outside of the Patheon.
The square, also made by Bernini, used to appear all of the sudden to the eyes of the visitors after a maze of small streets and alleys, thus leaving the individual breathless because of its immense size and monumental characteristics of the buildings. In the beginning of the 1900s the neighborhood was demolished to build the current via Conciliazione.

We follow via Conciliazione all the way, till we arrive underneath the Castel Sant'Angelo.
The Castle, though a number of transformations accompanies for two-thousands years the history of Rome: it started as mausoleum (it was originally designed as tomb for Adriano), then it became a fort for the protection of the city, a feared prison, a splendid renaissance villa, a prison during the Italian Risorgimento, and finally a museum.
Today, the Castle of Sant'Angelo, with its fortified walls, the beautiful courtyards, and the luxurious rooms with frescos is a precious museum that extends for seven levels and ends in the large Terrace of the Angel, from where tourists become fascinated with the uninterrupted view of Rome.

Hours for Vatican Museums: From January 7 to March 1 and from November 2 to December 24: 10:00am – 1:45pm (entrance open till 12:30).
From March 1 to October 29 and from December 27 to January 6: 10:00am – 4:45pm (entrance open till 3:30pm), saturday: 10:00 – 2:45pm; Sunday closed. It is suggested to purchase tickets on-line to avoid lines.

(Itineraries suggested from her: piazza Navona, Campo de' Fiori, Pantheon)

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